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Do felons lose the right to vote in Pennsylvania?

As you face felony charges, you're wondering how it's going to impact your civil rights. Even after you get out, you know that life may change forever.

You've heard all about other rights that you could lose. For instance, you know you may not be able to buy firearms or run for public office. However, you didn't own any firearms before the allegations and you never wanted to be a politician, so you're not too worried.

Preparing for the dangers of wet weather driving

Summer is now officially behind us and winter is right around the corner, which means that the next several weeks may seem uneventful in terms of Pennsylvania weather. However, fall does come with some weather-related hazards of which drivers must be aware.

Road conditions in wet, colder months can be particularly treacherous. They make it easier for a car to slip and for a driver to lose control. With this in mind, we urge readers to take the following precautions during the fall to hopefully avoid an accident.

What kind of custody can Pennsylvania courts award?

There is a reason why many people refer to custody disputes as battles; they can be painful, scary and upsetting for any parent. In some cases, you can minimize the contention and conflict by resolving custody matters outside of court through mediation.

However, if you cannot or choose not to go through mediation, decisions regarding custody will be made by the courts.

Robert Hoffa Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2017 AIOCLA'S 10 Best in Pennsylvania For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Pennsylvania's Criminal Law Attorney Robert Hoffa as 2017 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

Wrong place, wrong time on Halloween? There is hope

It happens. Maybe a Halloween prank got out of hand, or you were positive a friend owned the speakers they gave you for spooky sound effects. Perhaps you went to a costume party and left with the wrong bag, coat or cell phone. Out of the blue, you’re accused of a property crime and facing theft charges.

According to 2016 research from Travelers Insurance, Halloween sees a scary spike in property crime and related insurance claims. Out of the 24 percent increase in claims just that day, 60 percent of those come from theft inside the home. 

Report: Restitution often ordered, often unpaid

If you are arrested and charged with a financial crime, then you are likely going to be facing severe penalties in federal court. One of the many penalties you could be facing in this situation is an order for restitution.

Whether this order comes from the courts or as part of a plea deal, restitution is a common element in sentences for financial crimes. In fact, it has been ordered in about 75 percent of tax-related criminal cases and 86 percent of federal embezzlement cases. However, according to recent reports, over 81 percent of outstanding federal restitution amounts are uncollectible.

Could drinking some water make you a safer driver?

Every driver knows a number of dangerous behaviors can lead to crashes. Some of the most common dangerous behaviors include driving while distracted, drunk driving and driving while drowsy. In response, drivers across Pennsylvania are regularly urged to put their phones down, arrange a sober ride home and pull over if they feel tired.

According to recent research, we might want to start urging drivers to drink some water behind the wheel, too. The research suggests that driving while dehydrated could be just as dangerous as driving while drunk.

4 factors that can affect sentencing for criminal offenses

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, one of the first questions you might have is what type of sentence you are facing. Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer in most cases. 

Possible sentences depend on a wide range of factors, and these factors vary by case, jurisdiction and court. Below, we look at four of these factors and how they can affect a possible sentence for a criminal offense.

5 questions to ask before petitioning for spousal support

One of the main concerns people have during their divorce is whether they will be financially secure when the divorce is finalized. They worry about how they will pay their rent or mortgage, their medical bills, childcare expenses and car payments. They also think about what types adjustments they will have to make to their lifestyle.

If this is something you are worried about, then you may be wondering if will collect spousal support. Before you make any assumptions or decisions, you should ask yourself the questions that follow below.

Facing DUI charges? You are not alone

It is no secret that law enforcement agencies take drunk driving offenses very seriously in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Every year, thousands of people are arrested and charged with DUI.

Last year was no exception, according to numbers recently released by the Pennsylvania State Police. Reports show that PSP troopers made a whopping 19,518 arrests for DUI last year. In other words, if you are facing DUI charges, you are not alone. Remembering this can be critical in the weeks and months ahead.

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